Should You Call a Midwife?

Consider what a midwife could do for you as you prepare for childbirth.

Before there were OB/GYNs, there were midwives. The discipline has made a comeback in recent years as more women seek female-centered prenatal and postnatal care.

“The word midwife means ‘with woman’,” says Annie Bailey, Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) at Prevea Health. “We optimize normal biological, psychological, and social processes of childbirth and health care for women, and we respect individual circumstances, needs, and desires.”

The certified nurse midwives work within the clinic and hospital setting to offer prenatal care and education, along with information about water birth, pain management during delivery, and postpartum care, including breastfeeding support.

“We care for healthy low-risk pregnant women,” Bailey says. “If a woman is at an elevated risk, we can easily consult with an attending OB/GYN and transfer the patient quickly if needed.”

Certified Nurse-Midwives are medical providers with advanced training, master’s degrees and certification through the American Midwifery Certification Board. Patient education and tailoring care to each patient’s individual needs are hallmarks of a midwife’s philosophy of care.

“We have access to the latest health care research and use that in our practice,” Bailey says. “We are licensed and able to provide women both pregnancy and gynecologic care, including prescribing medications.”

If you are pregnant and interested in the services of a midwife, visit sacredhearteauclaire.org or stjoeschipfalls.org to learn more.

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